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Wearing his heart on his skin, tattoo parlor owner seeks 1st Amendment protection

May 24, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Banned from opening a store in Hermosa Beach, he goes to federal court to get some respect for his art.

A tiny spade, like a black teardrop, is etched on the skin under Johnny Anderson's right eye. It's a tattooed salute to the World War II soldiers of Easy Company who he says wore the symbol on playing cards tucked into their helmets as amulets while fighting to liberate Nazi-occupied France.

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